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Pick a Better Country (Taiwanese Chinese) Paperback – Bargain Price, November 3, 1997
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Ken Hamblin has been called the black Rush Limbaugh, but it might be better to call Limbaugh the white Ken Hamblin. Liberals will find this book hard-going, but it ought to be required reading for anyone concerned about the plight of black America. A former Army newspaper photographer and film producer-turned-newspaper-columnist and talk-radio host, Hamblin is a tough-minded commentator, unafraid to speak his mind about matters of race and class in America. Liberals, in his view, aren't just liberals; they're "egg-sucking dog liberals" whose patronizing concern for blacks has led to a debilitating inability of many blacks to do for themselves. In Pick a Better Country, which is a mix of autobiography and polemic, Hamblin fulminates against a familiar roster of evils--drugs, welfare, unwed mothers--interspersing his commentary with anecdotes from his life that illustrate how he persevered, and succeeded, in America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Denver-based syndicated radio talk-show host Ken Hamblin rides Harleys, flies airplanes and has been called "the black Rush Limbaugh." While he has neither provoked the following nor the counterattacks that Limbaugh has, his book?a mix of autobiography and rant?shows both the strengths and weaknesses of conservative talk radio. Citing his personal experience growing up on welfare in Brooklyn, Hamblin offers himself as living proof that poverty need not preclude personal responsibility or be used as an excuse for not seeking advancement. Similarly, he excoriates white liberals and black leaders for extolling rap music and the street argot of underclass culture. He calls that culture "black trash," a term he justifies as a racial counterpart to the more common "white trash." Hamblin's other memorable terms are talk-radio pejoratives: "brood mares" for teen welfare mothers; "egg-sucking dog liberals" for white liberals who ally with black "poverty pimps" to hobble blacks' sense of self-reliance. Unfortunately, Hamblin's political analysis is talk-radio shallow, made up of self-help bromides, pep-rally exhortations about the American dream and mud pies flung at liberals' "socialist" agenda and the alleged personal failings of welfare recipients. Hamblin offers volume?but no serious reflection on the forces creating the underclass. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The American Dream is out there, in reach of every American. You work hard, you take risks, you invest the time, the money, the training, and you make a good life for you and your family. This is the archetypal American Story, it is Ken Hamblin's story, and, as Ken fiercely argues, it is a common story. It can be your story.
Even if you're black, poor, and from a rough neighborhood.
In his explication of the American Dream, Hamblin particularly attacks those that would force black Americans to be victims, from the "black thugs" and the "brood mares" that demand ever-increasing entitlements that can only destroy their own lives and the vitality of their communities, to the "poverty pimps" and the "egg-sucking dog liberals" whose own power depends on telling the black underclass that they are doomed to failure and victimhood, the only salvation lying in voting for the politician who will bring back a bigger bite of the welfare apple.
Hamblin punches hard and talks straight, punctuating each chapter with correspondence -- both supporting and hateful -- he has received in response to his writings and radio show. Entertaining and informative.
Success and a proper education isn't "acting white." Understand that speaking proper English, learning science and arithmetic is one of the only ways to success. Ebonics is ridiculous, we are encouraging baby talk for black people! Would you encourage a baby to continue baby talk or encourage them to speak to be understood?
I am not ashamed of my skin color, I am ashamed of the association people make with my skin color and Darktown! I am pursuing the American dream, I never dream of the "Ghetto." I am educated and successful in my life and there is nothing that Darktown can offer me. I have not turned my back on anyone, I have only looked to the future where everyone should be looking for themselves!
The Dark Town mentality described in Hamblin's book is so accurate and true to life you can change a few minor details and have it fit the Darktown in *your* area! His political ideals and agendas are right on, we have to rid our country of the... liberals for Black people to truly be free from them (our)selves!
Everyone should read this book -- black people so they can see for themselves that it is okay to escape Darktown and join other Americans in perusing the dream, white people and non black people so that they see we are not all like the those in Darktown.
It should be on the reading list of ALL inner-city schools!
KEN HAMBLIN FOR PRESIDENT!!
This book has driven the Left mad because a kid from the ghetto has learned that the American Dream is alive and well, whether you are black, brown, or white, if only you would embrace it. I think this book should be in every poor and rural school in the country. It is an outstanding tome on what it means to be an American.
Hamblin obviously believes that his background entitles him to lash out on topics that would be politically incorrect suicide for most commentators. At times he takes it too far and loses focus, and at times the book begins to read like a transcript of his radio show rather than well-organized writing. And, some of the late chapters lose their zip because they are no longer shocking just to be reading, and digging into their arguments they are really just rehashing the earlier stuff.
That said, some of the chapters will shock, outrage, surprise, and gratify you. Hamblin is not afraid to say what a lot of people are really thinking. Even if you disagree with his views, you must accept that they are legitimate and worthy of consideration. Simply dismissing him is counter-productive and does nothing to address the issues he poignantly raises.